As always with Edgar Wright, “Last Night in Soho” contains its share of astonishing and impressive scenes. But one of them is even more so since it was shot in a single take.
You could see it from the first trailer. And it’s one of the craziest shots in Last Night in Soho, one that confirms Edgar Wright’s mastery: a dance scene in which Matt Smith goes from Anya Taylor-Joy to Thomasin McKenzie, and then back again. . On paper, nothing incredible, except that the two actresses are supposed to be the same character.
Because when she arrives in London to study fashion, Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) finds herself propelled into the 60s every night and in the shoes of Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). Which earned us some mirror games and, therefore, this crazy dance scene.
An impressive scene that gives the feeling of having really been shot in one take. And for good reason: it is. “It was all done in one take, yes”, confirms Thomasin McKenzie when we ask him the question. “This is the scene that takes place at the Café de Paris. Everything has really been done.”
“When you look at it, you think to yourself that it was edited: that Anya and I each did our take and the two were then put together in post-production. But we really did, replacing each other. One and the other.”
We weren’t sure the scene would work
“We were running around the camera, dodging, popping up and hiding. It was a lot of fun. And very satisfying. With real relief when we did it and when it worked, because we weren’t sure that it would work. But the shoot was a real challenge: the rehearsals were only done with Anya, Matt and myself, and maybe a few extras. “
“But on the day of the shoot at the Café de Paris, all the extras dancing around us added a whole other component, a whole other challenge, because then we had to deal with these people in addition to the movement.”
Go to the dark rooms to discover this scene. And what Edgar Wright has in store for you in Last Night in Soho.
Interview by Maximilien Pierrette in Paris on October 26, 2021